Owner of Florida For-Profit Chain Is Convicted of Theft and Conspiracy

The owner of a Miami-based chain of for-profit colleges called FastTrain was convicted by a federal court jury on Tuesday of 12 counts of theft of government money and one count of conspiracy, the office of the U.S. attorney for Southern Florida announced. An admissions representative of the company, which closed its seven campuses in 2012, was also convicted of conspiracy to steal government money.

The company and its owner, Alejandro Amor, were accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dol…


Why Is Dartmouth Still Boiling Over a Protest That Happened 2 Weeks Ago?

On November 12 a large group of protesters at Dartmouth College finished a night of demonstrations about racism by entering a campus library, disrupting students at work there, and loudly chanting “black lives matter.”

Twelve days later the college is still responding to the protest. On Monday it released its third statement in less than two weeks in response to the demonstration, with the president, Philip J. Hanlon, condemning “reports of vulgar epithets, personal insults, and intimidating act…


Diving Coach at Towson U. Is Charged in Locker-Room Recording Incident

A diving coach at Towson University has been criminally charged after students found a smartphone recording them in the team’s locker room last month, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Maureen Mead was charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court with felony interception of communication, and misdemeanor peeping Tom and altering evidence. Members of the women’s swimming and diving team discovered the phone in October.

Ms. Mead was suspended in October, Marina Cooper, the university’s deputy chief of staff…


Senior Official Will Leave Education Dept.

A senior official at the U.S. Department of Education will step down next month, the department announced on Tuesday.

Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, will leave on December 18 to “go back home to be with her family in the Bay Area,” said an email from Ted Mitchell, the department’s under secretary.

Ms. Studley has been influential in the department’s accountability efforts, which Mr. Mitchell emphasized in his mess…


Occidental Faculty Weighs System for Reports of Microaggressions

Occidental College faculty members are considering the creation of a formal system to let students report them for microaggressions, according to a document first obtained by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian advocacy group.

The proposed microaggression-reporting system is part of a broader plan to respond to black-student unrest at the California college, and is scheduled to be put before the faculty at its December…


No, Your College Probably Doesn’t Have a ‘White Student Union’

In response to widespread protests over racism on college campuses, a new movement has taken root — the “white student union.” Facebook pages affiliated with more than two dozen campuses have popped up like weeds over the past few days, with news outlets both national and local taking note.

Except it’s not a movement: Many of the pages seem to be nothing more than thinly disguised copies of each other, with little to no connection to the colleges themselves.

A post on the blogging website Medium…


Yoga Class Is Suspended After Students Deem It Culturally Inappropriate

Dozens of students at the University of Ottawa will have to find a new yoga class.

A group of student leaders suspended a free class that has been offered on the campus for the past seven years after concerns were raised that the exercises were a troublesome cultural appropriation, the Ottawa Sun reported on Friday.

The decision to suspend the program, in September, was made by officials at the Centre for Students With Disabilities, which is run by the university’s Student Federation, the news…


Complaint Accuses U. of Kansas Professor of Racial Discrimination in Class

A professor at the University of Kansas at Lawrence is on leave while the university investigates a complaint accusing her of racially discriminatory behavior in class, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Graduate students, meanwhile, are pursuing a social-media campaign demanding that she be fired.

Andrea M. Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies, told the newspaper she was notified on Friday morning that five individuals had filed the complaint with the university’s Office…


Citing ‘Rapid’ Changes in Higher Ed, Kilian Community College Will Close

Kilian Community College, a two-year institution in South Dakota, will close at the end of May 2016, The Sioux Falls Business Journal reports.

The college’s Board of Trustees voted on the closure on Thursday, and the president, Mark Millage, told students, faculty, staff, and donors about the decision in a message on Friday. “This was a very difficult decision,” he said. “Kilian has a rich, 38-year history of serving our community. But the reality is that the business of higher education is chan…


Student Whose Disappearance Led Md. Campus to Shut Down Is Found Dead

A troubled student whose disappearance with a rifle case last week led his college in Maryland to close until the end of the month was found dead on Saturday from what police officials said was a self-inflicted gunshot, The New York Times reported.

The student, Jacob Marberger, was a sophomore at Washington College, a small liberal-arts institution in Chestertown, Md. He reportedly had been despondent over repercussions stemming from an incident last month in which he was accused of brandishing …